Gaudio Awards News Blog

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Friday, December 21, 2012

Advantages of commissioning bespoke awards

You’ve spent thousands on the perfect venue, you’ve got the ultimate lighting set up, the staging is designed, you’ve eaten endless samples to find the right canapés, and you’ve even managed to hire a fire-eating, unicycling, burlesque drummer for the entertainment. But what about the actual awards? After all of that planning, detail and expenditure, are you really going to give out an off-the-shelf glass award?

Why not let Gaudio design a bespoke award especially for you, completely free of charge.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Gaudio Managing Director Shortlisted for Event 100 Club

We are delighted to announce that Adam Hutchinson, founder of Gaudio has been shortlisted by Event Magazine as one of the most influential people in the events industry. Adam started the company 6 years ago selling corporate gifts and awards imported from Spain. He quickly recognised the opportunity to design and manufacture awards and gifts to clients specifications to create something unique.

Public Servants Recognised by the Guardian Awards

The Guardian Newspaper's ninth annual Public Services Awards took place on Tuesday 20th November at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in Whitehall, London. Not only did shortlisted applicants have the chance to take home a Gaudio designed award, they also became part of the Guardian's Public Leaders Network, encouraging an exchange of best practice ideas to promote innovation across Whitehall, local government and the NHS.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Theo Walcott Named as the Arsenal Player of the Month

Theo Walcott has been selected by the fans as the EA Sports player of the month for October after picking up 31.4% of the vote. Although the England international only made one start last month, his hat-trick against Reading in the Capital One Cup made a lasting impression on the supporters. Theo sparked the famous comeback from 4-0 down and scored the winning goal in injury time to secure a 6-5 win.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Pride of Britain Awards 2012

Cheers: Prince Charles does the mobot
This year saw 13th Pride of Britain award ceremony take place. Founded in 1999 truly remarkable people are recognised for bravely and going above and beyond. Every year 7 million viewers tune in to watch host Carol Vorderman tell the tales of these truly worthy award winners. Gaudio are extremely proud to have once again manufactured these magnificent and iconic awards. Below are stories of those who were recognised at the ceremony.

Gaudio Featured on Radio 1!

New Radio 1 breakfast show host Nick Grimshaw today announced the winners of the inaugural Grimmy Awards and Gaudio managed to deliver a custom designed award at record speed to ensure he had something to present to today's guest Annie Mac.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Gaudio Manufactures The Man Booker Prize

We are delighted to announce that this year's Man Booker Trophy was manufactured in the UK by Gaudio Awards. The Booker Prize, now in it's 44th year, is the most prestigious award in literature and celebrates the best novel of the year.

Friday, October 19, 2012

The Best of London Celebrated at Glitzy Ceremony

The London Lifestyle Awards are a glamorous and star studded celebration of businesses, people and places that make our capital amazing! Celeb attendees this year included Michelle Heaton, Kate Garraway, Linda Lusardi, Sinitta, Duncan Bannatyne and Dame Kelly Holmes among others at the prestigious event.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Information is Beautiful!

The inaugural Information is Beautiful Awards took place on Friday to celebrate the greatest in data visualization and information design. Entries included a map showing the value of body parts, a graphic illustrating what plot details make a great novel and a map of popular U.S. surnames! The info-graphics are amazing and well worth a look on the Information is Beautiful website.

Friday, September 28, 2012

HSJ Efficiency Award Winners Announced

On the 25th of September The Lancaster London hosted the 2nd HSJ Efficiency award to 800 healthcare professionals. Hosted by mock the weeks Miles Jupp, the awards identified and rewarded the organisations that have delivered tangible improvements in healthcare efficiency along with cost savings, whilst maintaining the highest levels of patient care.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Top Tips for Creating the Perfect Bespoke Award

A well branded bespoke award can help promote your event and creates an iconic focal point for photographs and advertising. The bespoke award experts at Gaudio have put together a list of top tips to make sure your award stands out.

Friday, September 14, 2012

The Gaudio Celebrity Award League

As one of the leading awards manufacturers in the UK, we produce a lot of high profile television awards that inevitably end up in the hand of celebrities. At Gaudio HQ we see a lot of the same names appearing over and over to the point where certain celebs have more of our awards on their shelves than we do in our showroom! To settle a few wagers in the office, here is the official top 10:

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Gaudio Kicks Off the Football Season with a Huge Shipment of Football League Trophies

The football season has kicked off and don't we know it! Yesterday saw the shipment of 60 player and manager of the month awards for the npower Championship, League 1 and League 2. This capped off a very busy couple of months in production cutting, polishing, engraving, printing and assembling the awards.

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Emotional Kylie Honoured to Receive Silver Clef Award

An emotional Kylie Minogue last night picked up her Gaudio designed O2 Silver Clef Award for 25 years of service to the music industry. Speaking after receiving her award, Kylie said "I never would have thought 25 years ago I could have got an award like this and I think that's why I was so emotional up there. It's really hard to comprehend and how to express my gratitude."

Friday, June 29, 2012

We're Hiring: Sales & Marketing Executive Needed

An opportunity has arisen for an exciting, challenging and interesting role in our sales and marketing department. As a leading designer and manufacturer of bespoke awards and gifts to the events industry and corporate markets we are looking for a highly motivated individual to assist in growing our client base and support our sales and marketing efforts.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Grampian Awards for Business and Enterprise 2012

The annual Grampian Awards for Business and Enterprise took place on Thursday 21st June in Aberdeen to celebrate entrepreneurial businesses and individuals in the area. The evening was a great success and Gaudio were delighted to have designed and manufactured the custom awards for the ceremony.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Biggest Names in Retail Recognised at 2012 RetailWeek Technology Awards

The biggest names in retail gathered at the Lancaster London Hotel on Wednesday to celebrate successes in retail technology over the last 12 months. Gaudio once again manufactured bespoke awards for this prestigious annual event, and we would like to congratulate all of the winners.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

NextGen Series Line-up Confirmed: Cream of Europe Onboard

As the Euro 2012 tournament kicks off, one of the most exciting competitions of last year has announced the 2012/13 line-up. The top clubs in Europe are signed-up including Arsenal, Juventus, Barcelona, Ajax, Inter Milan and Chelsea. Many of those that impressed in the 2011/12 tournament will be hoping to take part in the current Euro 2012 competition.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Nick Matthew Wins 3rd British Open Squash Title

World squash champion Nick Matthew entered the record books after beating Ramy Ashour at the weekend to become the first Englishman to win the British Open three times. Malaysian world number one Nicol David took the women's title for the fourth time.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Top Names in Football Gather for Football Extravaganza 2012

Music therapy charity Nordoff Robbins held its annual Football Extravaganza event in London this month, bringing together the biggest stars in football to raise money for a truly worthy cause.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Sahara Force India Wins Gaudio Trophy for Fastest Pit Stop

The Sahara Force India team picked up its first trophy of the year last weekend for the fastest pit stop at the Malaysia grand prix. The bespoke trophy was commissioned by Sky Sports for the new F1 channel. The design is based around the profile of the guns used by the pit team to remove the wheels, and is manufactured from polished aluminium.

Robert Baguley Wins PokerStars UK & Ireland Poker Tour

60-year-old retired landlord from Leicestershire, Robert Baguley, was declared winner of this years UKIPT PokerStars tournament, picking up the Gaudio designed trophy and £210,400 in the process!

Monday, April 2, 2012

Princess Beatrice takes part in the Olympic Park Run

5000 runners took part in the National Lottery Olympic Park Run at the weekend, and became the first people to cross the Olympic finish line. The runners included members of the public, celebrities and royalty! Princess Beatrice started the runners and took part in the 5 mile run, before awarding the winners with their Gaudio designed Olympic Trophies.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

FIFA Street Goes on Tour for the Pro Player Tournament

Following the success of the FIFA 12 Pro Player Tournament in October, EA approached Gaudio to design a new bespoke trophy for the FIFA Street Pro Player Tournament which is currently under way. Top players from the Premierships biggest clubs were itching to get their hands on the joypads again to take home the coveted prize.

Monday, March 26, 2012

2012 Vinspired Awards Celebrate Inspirational Volunteers

The 2012 Vinspired Awards took place on Thursday (22nd March) to celebrate the UK's most inspiration volunteers. The volunteers were treated to performances from Tinchy Stryder and Stooshe before being awarded with the unique "V" Awards.

Inter Milan Lift the NextGen Trophy After Dramatic Penalty Shootout

After 120 gruelling minutes Ajax and Internazionale Milano could not be separated in the NextGen series final held at Leyton Orient on Saturday. 2,500 fans watched as the game progressed to penalties and Inter managed to beat firm favourites Ajax.

Friday, March 23, 2012

The Nextgen Series Trophy – A glimpse of the future

The manufacture of the Nextgen Series Trophy has been a challenge that Gaudio has relished from the point that we were presented with the brief to the final finishing touches.

Designed to celebrate and embody the pursuit of excellence in youth development and the future of football it has been essential for Gaudio to employ the latest in cutting edge technology and manufacturing expertise to fulfil the aspirations of our client.

We are proud to have produced a trophy that truly looks to the future whilst we look forward to future challenges!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Lighting Design Award Winners Announced

Last night (21st March) saw the return of the Lighting Design Awards for the 10th year at the prestigious London Hilton. The ceremony recognises the country's leading lighting designers, manufacturers and architects. Comedian Rob Deering hosted the event with over 700 people gathered in the audience.

Specialist from the Construction Industry Awarded at Glitzy Ceremony

The Specialists Awards 2012 took place on Tuesday 20th March at the London Hilton, celebrating the achievements of the UK's leading specialist contractors in the construction industry. The awards are one of the construction industry's most notable annual events, recognising and rewarding the best specialist contractors in the business. Winners on the night included Cantillon, Bourne Construction Engineering and Crofton Design.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Achievements in retail celebrated at the 2012 Retail Week Awards

Last night saw the return of the Oracle Retail Week Awards, the biggest night in the retail calendar. The event highlights some of the great achievements in the industry throughout the last year, despite tough the tough economic climate.

Top Councils Awarded at the LGC Awards 2012

Over a thousand of the country's top leaders in local authorities attended the LGC Awards at the Grosvenor House Hotel on Wednesday. This was the biggest event in its 16 year history, and Gaudio were very proud to be once again supplying the bespoke awards.

Celebrities turn out to support inspirational women at the Tesco Mum of the Year 2012

A whole host of celebrities (and their mums!) arrived at the Waldorf Hilton in London on Sunday (12th March) to celebrate the 2012 Tesco Mum of the Year Awards.

Monday, March 12, 2012

UK Customer Satisfaction Awards Winners Announced

More than 500 business leaders from the UK's top companies gathered last week for the UK Customer Satisfaction Awards 2012. The event, now in its second year, is organised by the Institute of Customer Service.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Did You Know? Gaudio also make Corporate Gifts, Medals and POS items?

Not only do Gaudio manufacture awards, trophies and plaques, we can also use our bespoke methods to produce fantastic corporate gifts, medals and point of sale items. Our versatile design and manufacturing teams can produce a bespoke solution for you whatever your needs.

Take a look at some of the examples below, and if you have a similar requirement, why not contact us for a free design and quote.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Balmoral’s Jeff Bland wins Chef of the Year at the Scottish Restaurant Awards

The award was presented at the Glasgow Science Centre on Wednesday 27th February. Commenting on his achievement, Jeff said, “It’s a great honour to be named Chef of the Year by a panel of judges who are experts on the food industry in Scotland. I take great pride in my role as Executive Chef at The Balmoral – from developing menus and innovative dishes to training new chefs and championing seasonal Scottish produce - it means a great deal to be recognised by my peers for this.”

Scottish FA Cup Player of the Round Awards

William Hill approached Gaudio for some sporting trophies with a difference for the Scottish FA Cup Player of the Round Awards. We came up with high quality profiled aluminium awards mounted on to a tiered aluminium base that reflects the motto of the Scottish Football Association – Passion, Pride, Spirit.

Tesco Mum of the Year Awards – Celebrating Incredible Women!

We are delighted to announce that we have been commissioned to design and manufacture the bespoke trophies for The Tesco Mum of the Year Awards for 2012. This prestigious event will be taking place on 11th March at the Waldorf Hotel in London and winners have been chosen from a celebrity judging panel including Olympic athlete Denise Lewis OBE, choreographer Arlene Phillips OBE, Ultimo boss Michelle Mone OBE, TV and radio presenter Emma Forbes, along with the UK’s No.1 mummy blogger, Tara Cain. Please click on to the link below to find out more about these awards.

Mum of the Year

Thursday, February 23, 2012

SME 300 Awards: Celebrating SME Success in Scotland

The prestigious Business Insider & Bank of Scotland SME 300 Awards took place earlier this month at the Glasgow Science Centre, hosted by the BBC's Louise Minchin. The Awards celebrate the success of Scotland's best performing small to medium sized companies with turnover between £8m and £20m. Now in their fourth year, and with a new sponsor, the awards were given a fresh new look by Gaudio.

Gaudio Designs Trophy for Sport Relief Sock Sliding Challenge!

Pineapple Dance Studios star, Louie Spence, has recreated Tom Cruise’s classic scene from ‘Risky Business’ – but with a Sport Relief Twist. The Dancing on Ice judge has been snapped pulling the pose whilst wearing the new, official, Sport Relief Socks in a bid to launch Sainsbury’s Sock Sliding Championship this week.

In Depth: Sculptured Awards

When thinking of bespoke awards, the first thing most people think of is a sculptured award. The Oscars, Brit Awards, Pride of Britain, Grammy's and Bafta's are all famous examples of sculptured trophies. These awards are typically very traditional and classic in design, although more contemporary designs are possible. Sculpted trophies are ideal if you are working with a large budget and need a prestigous trophy that reflects an organic shape, statue or 3D object, rather than a logo or event branding.